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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Session Black is short, dark and totally drinkable. The initial tastes are a subtle pairing of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with precise hopping to provide an elegant citrus background to the delicate finish of dark cocoa.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 2, 2009
A big fan of the stubbies! Like the lager, this black lager brings out the dark sweet malts its brewed with. Great blend of malt and sweetness and a touch of hops. Definitely a treat. Sampled at the Hood River brewery in July 2009.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to Cavie. taste is ground coffee, chocolate, and smoke. My notes are shitty from this whole night... I was just out of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Picked this up while in Boulder. Dark red pour. Fairly clear. Some dark and sweet malts. Has tiny hints of sour. Fairly smooth taste. Some roasted dark malts. Finish is slightly chemical and dry but is interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Cavie. Pours a deep, dark brown, translucent, beige head. Aroma is kinda weak, some very light dark roast, faint nut. Flavor of some light dark roast, light malt, slight nut. Mouth feel is light body with high carbonation. Over all, not bad, easy drinking beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Stubby bottle bought at the Utah State Store. Pours a dark brown with lots of redness and a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet nutty malts. The flavor is smooth and...well a good session brew: loads of nutty and chocolaty flavors, rich malts and a watery smooth finish. Nice and completely unoffensive.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, popcorn, cocoa, cereal), lightly hoppy (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The malt character is clunky, making it hard to be enticed by the nose (this is a malt-centric beer, after all, so if the malt sucks there’s not much else to lure you in). Barely drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
Brown,fast fading beige head.Light sweet malt nose.Easy drinking malt profile, light earthiness

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On tap at the taproom at Harborside McCormimck and Schmick’s in Portland on 6/26/09. Pours a nice dark brown with light tan head. Again, earthy aromas of pine and lavendar, with touch of roasted nuts. Complex lager that is very drinkable. A solid experiment by Full Sail.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
11 oz. bottle (stamped, 102409) from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and herbal hops. Flavor is very lightly sweetened roasted malt and some dark esters. Has a slight lingering roasty finish. Medium body. A decent beer, but I couldn’t drink it all day.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Eclipsed black cherry. Persistent, creamy, fine-bubbled ivory head. Soggy bread crust, metal, paper, cocoa, chocolate wafers, and hints of lightly scorched popcorn on the nose. Fluffy carbonation. Initially tart with a soft but forceful malt-derived metallic tingle and flabby cola sweetness compounded by a limp-grain center. While the malt does generate plenty of chocolate and cocoa notes, it sorely lacks clean definition as well as depth and texture. Notes of unripe plums exacerbate the semi-coarse metallic edge. Aside from a distant toasted-biscuit whisper, the malt is virtually devoid of any bready/powdery heft and vividness. Creamed java lightly offsets the limpness, though suggestions of popcorn tarnish the already fuzzy and limp malt frame. Finishes limply and muddled, with soggy notes of poorly defined caramel and chocolate drenched with cola. I was hoping for lots more as I have a serious affinity for delicate yet polished, complex lagers. But despite Full Sail’s noble efforts, this is quite the lackluster lager.


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